Christmas Shows

Chloe and the Colour Catcher, Bristol Old Vic Weston Studio

BRISTOL Old Vic brings its Year of Change to a triumphant conclusion with two five-star Christmas shows that underline the importance of imagination, courage and transformation. In the newly-created Weston Stu­dio, Ad Infinitum joins with BOV to bring colour back into a grey world, in a show that’s aimed at audiences aged from four to…

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The Borrowers, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

THE new Bea Roberts version of Mary Norton’s fantasy children’s book The Borrowers is on stage at the Tobacco Factory in Bedmin­ster until 20th January. To judge by the audience reaction on the press night, this is going to be a monster success, with its clever props, agile cast and live band. The writer’s Little…

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Northcott Theatre, Exeter

 BILLED as “a giant of a family pan­tomime”, Steve Bennett’s new version of Jack and the Beanstalk is on stage in Exeter until 6th Jan­u­ary. Steve has not only written the script, but directs AND plays Dame Dotty Trott in this traditional telling of the story of a village under greed siege and how a…

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Living Spit tell another tall Christmas tale

LIVING Spit, the Bristol-based comedy acting duo Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin, follow up their uniquely batty retelling of “the greatest Christmas story ever told” with what they cheekily suggest is the “second greatest … etc” You can catch them in Dorset from 7th December. They will be performing their hilarious, silly and tongue-in-cheek version…

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Copperfield for Christmas

THE Ilminster Entertainments Society’s Christmas show this year is a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, on stage at the Warehouse Theatre on 6th to 8th and 13th to 15th Decem­ber, at 7.30 every day except Saturday 8th, when there is a 2.30 matinee only. David Copperfield, Dickens’s eighth novel, was first published in…

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Back by popular demand

FIRST seen two years ago, Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake’s adapation of The Night Before Christ­mas returns to the Salberg Studio at Salisbury Play­house from 10th to 30th Decem­ber. This delightful musical version of the famous story is magically staged. Adrian Grove returns as Father (the role he created in 2016) and is joined for…

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Rumpelstiltskin, Bumblefly on tour

NEVER, ever, make a promise that you can’t keep. That’s the message behind Bumblefly’s 2018/19 touring show, which opened to a packed Greyfriars in Ringwood on 1st December. Dom Phillips was stage manager for Forest Forge for many years, quietly honing his acting skills, and when Bumblefly emerged four years ago, there he was on…

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Off to see the Wizard at the Brewhouse

THE Yellow Brick Road might not lead through the Coal Orchard car park this Christmas, but it will take audiences all the way to the Brew­house Theatre for the seasonal production of The Wizard of Oz, on stage from 7th to 30th Decem­ber. Suitable for anyone of five and older, it’s the ideal show for…

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Snowy tale from Soap Soup

SOAP Soup Theatre brings the enchanting children’s show, The Snow Baby, to Taunton Brewhouse from 12th to 16th December and to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd December, an ideal entertainment on the eve of the festive season. Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris…

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A comic Christmas at Her Majesty’s pleasure

CORNISH company Near ta Theatre is back on tour with the ever-popular comedy, Christmas.Time, coming to Honiton on 15th December. Shut up in their prison cell, Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry…

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